U.S.A.F. Heritage of America Brass Band
The United States Air Force Heritage of America Band has a rich history of inspiring hearts and minds, building and sustaining American patriotism, and enhancing esprit de corps in the United States Air Force. On Saturday, Oct. 13 the members of the Heritage of America Brass Band come to Boothbay Harbor to perform in a free community concert at 7 p.m. at the Opera House.
The USAF Heritage of America band was one of the original Army Air Corps bands, created by order of the Secretary of War on October 1, 1941 and assigned to Barksdale Field, Louisiana. In June 1946, after a short stay at Brooks Field, Texas, the band arrived at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, its current home.
For over 75 years the band has represented the Air Force with musical and military distinction. The professional air-men musicians bring music to the mid-Atlantic in live concerts and to the nation in televised events. The Heritage of America Band has performed ceremonies for U.S. presidents and foreign heads of state, including the Queen of England and the President of France. Using today's technology, the band reaches a worldwide audience through its website, social media and audio recordings. Additionally, the band travels more than 150,000 miles annually to perform hundreds of concerts for listeners across a 15-state region from Maine to South Carolina.
The USAF Heritage of America Band's exceptional musicianship has earned international critical acclaim and numerous honors: eight Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards, five Air Force Organizational Excellence Awards, four Colonel George S. Howard Citations of Musical Excellence for Military Concert Band, North Carolina's Order of the Long Leaf Pine, and countless state and municipal proclamations. The USAF Heritage of America Band remains at the forefront of preserving and enriching America's musical heritage in the 21st century.
The evening is intended as one for all ages and will include a mix of patriotic music, Americana and Broadway tunes. The evening is free and underwritten by the Opera House, no tickets are required. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the concert begins at 7. Free parking is available in the Opera House parking lot at 86 Townsend Avenue.